Shots Heard at U.S. Capitol, Building Under Lockdown

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 10/3/13 8:15 PM CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Officials say the woman shot dead after attempting to drive past a White House security barrier and then leading officers on a chase toward the Capitol is a 34-year old from Connecticut.

She is Miriam Carey of Stamford. Carey had a 1-year-old girl in the car with her. The child wasn't harmed.

Washington D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier says she's confident the incident was not an accident. Capitol Police don't believe there was a terrorist link.

The woman's car at one point had been surrounded by police cars and she managed to escape, zipping around a traffic circle and past the north side of the Capitol. Video shot by a TV cameraman showed police pointing firearms at her car before she rammed a Secret Service vehicle and continued driving. Lanier said police shot and killed her a block northeast of the Capitol.


UPDATE: 10/3/13 5:18 PM CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The District of Columbia's police chief says the suspect who led police on a chase from the White House to the Capitol is dead.

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters Thursday evening that shots were fired in two locations. Near the Capitol, police killed the woman driving the black Infiniti with a young child inside. She said the child, who is about a year old, is in good condition and in protective custody.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said the incident is believed to be an isolated act unrelated to terrorism.

Tourists watched the shooting unfold on Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol as lawmakers inside debated how to end a government shutdown. Police quickly locked down the entire complex temporarily, and both houses of Congress went into recess.


UPDATE: 10/3/13 2:14 PM CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A law enforcement official says a shooting at the United States Capitol is related to a vehicle that tried to ram a security barricade at the White House.

The official says a driver tried to drive through a barricade that blocks the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House to vehicles. The driver then proceeded down Pennsylvania Avenue to Capitol Hill, where shots were fired.

The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the incident by name and insisted on anonymity.


UPDATE: 10/3/13 2:08 PM CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senator is describing the scene outside the U.S. Capitol as shots were fired this afternoon.

Democrat Bob Casey of Pennsylvania told reporters he was walking from the Capitol to the Senate Russell Office Building across the street when he noticed several police officers driving fast up Constitution Avenue on motorcycles.

Within seconds, he says, he heard "three, four, five pops," which he assumed were gunshots. He says police ordered him and nearby tourists to crouch behind a car for protection.

In about two minutes, he said, the officers moved everyone into the Capitol.


UPDATE: 10/3/13 1:58 PM CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- US Capitol Police say lockdown on Capitol has been lifted.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- A police officer is reported hurt after gunfire today at the U.S. Capitol building.

The Senate's Sergeant at Arms, Terrance Gainer, says, "There are reports of injuries." FBI agents headed to the scene.

The entire complex was put on lockdown.

As the warning was sounded, the House abruptly went into recess and lawmakers left the chamber floor. The House had just finished approving legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.

Across the street, people standing outside the Supreme Court were hurried into the court building.

The White House was quickly locked down after the incident, and the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the compound was closed to pedestrians.

The gunfire comes two weeks after a deadly shooting at the Navy Yard, near the Capitol.

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